Posted by & filed under New Bums.

websiteNew Bums is heading out on tour next Wed to play some shows with Bill Callahan (see show page) and then maybe some extras on the way back. We’re in the New Bums compound at South Van Ness and compiling some music for the road. Here’s where our heads are at –



See ya out there.

Posted by & filed under Six Organs.

In 2009 or so, while living in Seattle, I had the idea to make a Six Organs Of Admittance guitar tablature notebook featuring a sort of cross section of my songs throughout the years. I got most of it done in a few months and had my friend Andrew check the work to make sure it was correct (he found some mistakes). Since then it has been on my mind but every time I start to work on the book it seems I have to leave on tour and everything gets put back on the shelf. This year I have started working on it again, trying to add some songs that came out since 2009.

Since I have the pages out and since I have a website where I can share graphics now and since I have a fair amount of guilt for never finishing this project, I would like to share a little of it now. I have to say, I don’t think a person is their own best transcriber of their own guitar music. At least I know I am not. Some of the songs may not be 100% accurate as my fingers and brain can’t seem to be able to decide on what versions to play. I have tried to keep the TABs as close to the recorded versions as possible but I know other moves snuck in. Perhaps they can be seen as more of a median way to play the songs. At least they will give some hint toward the moves.

For now, here are the notes for Elk River, which came out on the Octavio Paz record but was really one of the first fingerpicking songs I ever wrote (click on thumbs for larger image).

*note – updated to fix a couple notes after first posting






Posted by & filed under Interview.

The people at Bomb Magazine asked me to interview Richard Youngs in anticipation of his upcoming tour and new record, Summer Through My Mind, on Badabing Records. Richard has been a big inspiration to me over the years so It was a total pleasure.

Interview with Richard Youngs

Richard’s tour dates in the US are below. I will be playing the first one as a duo with Dredd Foole.

09-02 – Northampton, MA – Feeding Tube Records (with Magik Markers and Ben Chasny/Dredd Foole)

09-03 – Boston, MA – Great Scott

09-05 – Brooklyn, NY – ISSUE Project Room

09-07 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival (with John Cale)

09-10 – Washington DC – Black Cat (Terrence Hannum of Locrian)

09-11 – Philadelphia, PA – Old First Reformed Church

09-13 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo

Posted by & filed under New Bums.

For the past year Donovan Quinn and I have been working hard on a New Bums record. We’ll have more about that later, but right now I want to announce a 7″ that will be available next month on our New Bums Industries imprint.

Hopefully this will be done before the tour with Bill Callahan (keep your fingers crossed) in September.








There’s a tune from this 7″ up on our Tumblr.

Tour dates for the Callahan tour have been posted to the Shows page. We’re looking to add a Bay Area show before and a couple shows after the tour as well.